“In silico medicine” focuses on computational methods for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease as well as the study of the human body functions in healthy subjects. More specifically, it refers to the modeling, simulation and visualization of biological, physiological and medical processes in a virtual environment. For twenty years it has gradually established itself as a third way alongside the in vitro and in vivo approaches. The research unit GIGA - In Silico Medicine consists of an interdisciplinary team of engineers, physicists, chemists and physicians who, by interacting with other thematic units of GIGA and clinicians, develop research activities along four main themes:
- Modeling of the cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary systems
- Tissue engineering
- Neuroimaging, data acquisition and processing
- Model-based therapeutics
From 1 January, Liesbet Geris will begin a three-year term as Francqui Research Professor. An enviable mandate that, according to the terms of the Francqui Foundation, "is aimed at researchers whose research is novel and exceptional and whose field of research belongs to an important and current scientific area".